@Gregcoyote - thank you very much for the info and experience. I think I am heading out to my LFS
on Monday or Tuesday and will definitely check if they have an anthillia or other similar octocoral. I'm excited to delve into the reef side of the house and really appreciate your input.
On the subject of my light, it is a 24" 4.bulb fishneedit fixture 2 10k bulbs and 2 actinic, what would be the preferred bulbs for this light to grow soft coral such as the anthillia I plan on getting?